January 9, 2012 1:26 PM


For some people, moving 30 minutes away from shopping options can be a significant lifestyle change, but McQuillen said she has several clients relocating from high-density areas in Southern California and the Central Valley. Many are buying homes before they retire because of the current attractive prices. The number of active-adult communities, for people age 55 and older, she said, has increased in the area in the past five years, to about a half dozen. “There are a lot of professional artists and writers here, and telecommuters are a huge chunk of the market,” she said. Many live in surrounding communities such as Pollock Pines, which has heavy snow, and Camino, which has less.

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